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As mentioned before I would like to create at least one more project for the show. The projects I’ve been working on so far are solely focused on the act of participation and missing a deeper message. It was therefore great for me to see the Yoko Ono exhibition – a lot of her works were meant for active participation but had a lot of meaning even though they were only passively viewed. Refreshed by Ono’s Fluxus thinking I have these new ideas for a projects.

#1. Smile Collection Box. 

A website that lets users donate their smile to a site on the internet. All the smiles could be projected onto a wall or to separate screens. I could also hijack Vine for this project because it’s nice if they are ‘alive’.

#2. Tell.

A website version of a confession box where users can tell a secret anonymously. The idea feels a bit old right now but there’s something in it.

#3. Artist Roulette

Like chat roulette but it’s performance artists performing for users. I would probably only be able to make it live for the show – and even that would be a lot of work.

#4. The Never Ending Canon

Using a sort of karaoke system users should record a verse of a well known canon song. The verse is looped and layered on top of the previous version and in the end you should have a massive canon.

#5. Pass It Down (or pass anything down)

Creating a custom tag for Vine and participants make a Vine where they receive an object from the top of the picture and pass it down to the bottom. When you scroll through a feed it should look like the pictures are connected.

Right now I’m opting for #1 for it’s simplicity or #4. because of its playfulness.

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It was my 4th trip to Cannes Lions this year and it was even bigger than ever – a lot more new categories, more speakers, more submissions, more winners. And on top of all that it was the 60th year anniversary of the festival also.

I like the mix og viewing work and going to seminars and this year I tried to focus on anything about social media. So, naturally one of the people I knew I had to see was Twitter’s Chief Media Scientist Deb Roy (also an associate professor at MIT). His talk was called ‘Social Soundtrack’ and was a in depth look at how social media (and especially live social media like Twitter) effects the way we experience the world. Using examples from TV – it’s a well known fact that TV is now a two-screen experience – he talked about how expression of an experience is both an amplifier and a memory trigger. He made two points.

1. When we share and experience we remember it better.

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2. Because we are social beings, we are automatic drawn to do what others are doing. 
E.G. I f we walk on the street and someone looks up we naturally will do the same.

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His conclusion was lent from physics force = mass x acceleration.

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As I wrote in my last post, I hurried up to Louisiana Museum of Modern Art to see Yoko Ono’s retrospective exhibition last Tuesday. Sadly I was not there at opening night a week before and I felt even worse when I learned that Yoko Ono had been there.

The exhibition is a rather large retrospective, showing her most important work from the early sixties until now. Throughout my MA I’ve been looking at the Fluxus artists as a group (rather than digging into any one of them in particular) so it was interesting seeing an exhibition focused on one artist as a single individual.

As I was entering the exhibition a curious sign caught my eye. It said: ‘The works are not to be touched, unless otherwise indicated’. I was relieved – this meant that at least some of the work would be participative or interactive – as it should be with Fluxus art. I couldn’t film the exhibition because it’s not allowed at the museum but I’ve taken a few photos in secret at I bought the exhibition catalogue which I’ll show some pictures from.

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The first  work that met my eye was ‘Eye Blink / Fluxfilm 09′ (1966)  a slow-motion short film showing a single blink of Ono’s eye.

The for room also contained the work ‘Ceiling Painting’ which is also from 1966.The work is a ladder where you climb up to the ceiling and view the word ‘yes’ in tiny letters on a painting through a looking glass. Sadley, since it was the original ’66 ladder, on was not allowed to try the work out. This was the only artwork that I managed to take a photo of before the guard saw me.

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This room also contained a the (formerly) interactive art piece ‘Painting To Hammer A Nail’ (1966) http://imaginepeace.com/archives/7296. The ‘painting’ is a wooden board with a hammer tied to it. The description tells people to hammer in nails, when the work is covered it is finished. As the piece is covered it was now behind a plexiglass screen – this DIY work is an early example of participatory art.

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Moving further into the exhibition the following works caught my eyes:

Cut Piece (1964). The piece was presented as photos of Ono’s performance from ’64. The work is a participatory  art performance where Ono sits on a stage and has her clothes cut from her body by the audience. The performance is widely recognized for it’s powerful feministic message.

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Air Capsules (1971/2013). 4 or 5 sweets dispensers were placed in the middle of a large room, for 2 DKKR one could get a small transparent plastic container, empty as it contained only air. I was stunned by the simplicity of the work though it also had several layers of meaning. It’s a joke on our for your convenience society and it tells us that there is no such thing as an empty space.

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Danger Box (1971). I loved the simplicity of this work. A plexiglass pedestal with a hole in its top and the following warning engraved on a silver plaque: ‘WARNING. The management will not guarantee that a hand put in this hole will come out in the same condition as prior to the entry.’ On one level it’s just a mind game, what could possible happen to my hand in this seemingly safe environment?

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On the other hand its almost Magritte ‘Ceci nest pas une pipe’ logic. My hand will not be in the same condition it will be seconds older when I retrieve it.

Telephone In Maze (1971/2013). Telephone maze had the same kind of underplayed humor as Danger Box. You enter a small plexiglass maze with a small white pedestal with a white phone in the middle. A silver plaque in the entrance tells you that if the phone rings you must pick it up. Though I had not heard the phone ring before I entered I had a ticklish feeling in my stomach of anticipation the whole time I was in the maze. Of course the phone did not ring, I wasn’t even plugged in – but the thought of what I would do or say if it had was amazing.

White Chess Set (1966/2013). Two chess tables with only white chess pieces and an invitation to try to play the game. I can only imagine how confusing and distorted a game of chess at this table would be. Two women were sitting at one of the tables and laughing as they attempted to play.

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Wish Tree (1996/2013). In the beautiful museum garden an old tree had been selected for this last participatory work. One could write a wish on a note and hang it on a tree branch. This work is probably the one that has most to do with my own MA practice. The work is nothing without a large base of participants. It also has another dimension in Denmark where there is a tradition of letting toddlers hang their pacifiers on dedicated trees when they stop using them – the pacifiers are often accompanied by notes where the children thank them for comforting them for the first years or their lives.

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I ended up buying three books relevant to my MA in the museum shop. The exhibition catalogue. A book DIY art featuring many of Ono’s participatory pieces. And a short book on concept art.

The DIY artwork book has interesting thoughts on the difference between a interactive artwork (viewer must interact but does not alter the artwork) a participatory artwork (viewer must participate in creating the artwork but the artist directs the participants and keeps control of the artwork). An collaborative art (participants have bigger influence on the outcome and might even help direct it).

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It’s been some frantic weeks lately and sadly I also missed my tutorial because of all the action. First of all I had to attend and grade the 2nd year exams 2 weeks ago where the tutorials were. I was leading them so there was really no option to miss them. Then, last Saturday, I got married (!). I’m quite proud of the idea I came up with for my ring and and a necklace for my husband …

Tuesday I rushed to up north of Copenhagen to see the Yoko Ono retrospective exhibition which was RIGHT up my MA alley and Wednesday I was off to the Cannes Lions Festival with almost 30 students and two colleagues.

I brought my computer but there was absolutely no time to blog, so I’m sitting now and looking through all my notes and creating three posts. One about Yoko. One for Cannes. And FINALLY I have quite a few new ideas for my last project for the exhibition!

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I was hoping to present my 3rd social media project at the second group presentation but due to some illness I am not yet ready to present it. Instead I have been working on ways to display the #ISEEFACES#ISEELEGS project that we talked about the last time. So this post is a follow up to my last group presentation.

After the very inspiring talk I had with you guys I contacted a VJ friend who does a lot of mapping and and another friend who is a programmer. Based on suggestions from both you and them (and some more research) I have a come up with a couple of different ways that I could display the work.

The whole idea of having mechanical rotating boxes with screens on them seems to expensive and technically difficult for me so I have landed on two options.

Option 1 is the mapping idea.For this I need to create a black full screen HTML website showing 4 boxes that pull feed from the original website (two “heads” and two “legs”). The pictures need to be skewed so they look like two sides of two boxes places on top of each other – when the viewer presses the back and forth buttons the pictures should make a transition that mimics a box that turns. The website is trapezed through a short range projector onto two white boxes mounted over each other. The transition on the website will make it look like the boxes turn though they are static. Though it is not perfect the effect can be very convincing. A problem is that I need a rather dark space.

The website

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Option 2 is simply two screens (preferably touch screens) on a wall one over the other. Top screen with the “faces” feed and the bottom has the “legs” feed. I could build a front panel to hide the sides of the screens. If I can’t get touch screens I could place real buttons on the side and make a mega version of the real website.

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Option 3 … The last option would be to choose the best faces and legs and put them together in a program like After Effects and then map them onto the boxes. This is easier programming wise but I loose interactivity.

Another project I’ve been working on is the “Let’s all photoshop Bryn”. You can read more here and here. The project fell into my lap and I’ve used it to test some of the mechanics of online participation. I don’t think it should be part of my final show.

A little further down the page you can read about my latest little personal project - the Lol-kat project. It’s related to my MA but only in the way that it’s about my fascination of internet culture. BUT It doesn’t use collaboration or crowd sourcing so it’s more of a side project..

 

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Yesterday the trial against Bradley Manning, Wikileaker and Nobel prize nominee, started. Bradley served in Iraq and during his time there leaked a massive number of secret files to Wikileaks and the public. Though it cannot be proved that Bradley’s actions have put any US soldiers in danger he stands to get a sentence of 20 years or even death for sharing the truth about the war to the public

The website iam.bradleymanning.org is a place to show your support online. You upload a photo of yourself holding a sign and the makers of the site will create a video using all the uploaded pictures.

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My picture is no. 4 on the second row. You can see my whole post here.

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